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Greek Agriculture & Gastronomy: A Taste of the Mediterranean

Europe

Gain firsthand experience with Greek food industry, agricultural traditions, and their impacts and benefits on Greek life and culture.

This program is administered by the College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences' Office of International Programs. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.

Program Details

Location
Location
Thessaloniki, Multiple Locations, Greece
Term
Term
May Session (Spring semester on campus)
Housing
Housing
Dormitory
Hotel
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In
English
Sponsor
Sponsor
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Non UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
GPA
GPA
2.5

About

Embark on a hands-on educational odyssey beginning at the Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment, and Life Sciences. Located in Thessaloniki, a city founded nearly 2,500 years ago on the shores of the Aegean Sea, its location offers a combination of the best of modern Greece, its agriculture ties, and rich ancient history. 

Diet comes from the ancient Greek word, “diaita”, which means “a way of living.” While in Greece, you will not only get to enjoy the fresh ingredients of the Mediterranean diet but also learn how it is a strategy for the prevention of disease and overall well-being. Through visits to industry sites including vineyards and an agricultural cooperative, as well as interactive lectures on topics from olive oil, to European dairy regulations and cheese production, to how Perrotis College was the first to introduce precision agriculture to the Greek economy, you will gain firsthand experience with the Greek food industry and agricultural traditions and their impacts and benefits on Greek life and culture.  

Excursions will allow you to learn more about Greek culture and tradition and will expand on the program coursework. Excursions will take place in Thessaloniki, Athens, Meteora, and coastal Halkidiki. Excursions in the Thessaloniki area will include industry visits, city tours, a Greek cooking class, a Greek dance lesson, and visits to local cultural and archaeological sites, including a monastery.

For more information, please view the sample program itinerary. Activities are subject to change.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 pm - 125 Coffey Hall

Wednesday, October 19 at 4:00 pm - 125 Coffey Hall

Thursday, November 3 at 11:00 am - Zoom 

COVID-19 

The program will comply with local public health recommendations as well as recommended standards of the University of Minnesota. This may include modifications to the program calendar, weekly schedule, classroom environment, course delivery, housing arrangements, transportation policies, and/or in-country travel restrictions. Please note, proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster are required in order to participate in the program.

Program Model

Embedded
Experiential Learning
Instructor-Led

Application Deadline

February 1, 2023

Program Dates

Depart from Minneapolis-Saint Paul: May 12, 2023
Arrive in Greece: May 13, 2023
Depart from Greece: May 29, 2023

These dates are tentative. 

Academics

You will earn 3 credits for CFAN 3523. In this course, you will:

  • have the opportunity to examine Greek agriculture, food, and culture;
  • have hands-on experiences learning about the impact that Greek cuisine has on the rural development of the country, and how Greeks work to conserve many of their cultural traditions.

This course fulfills the Global Perspectives liberal education requirement, as well as completes part of the elective requirement for the Nutrition major in the Nutrition Studies track.

This is an embedded course with on-campus class time during the Spring semester; you will travel abroad during the May term. You must register for this course and complete the study abroad application. Registration costs/financial aid are tied to the Spring semester.

Program Leader

Tommy Van Norman is the CFANS Land-Grant Legacy Scholars Program Coordinator. He conducted a site visit to the Perrotis College of Agriculture Environment and Life Sciences in July 2018 and is excited about the opportunities students will have through hands-on learning and cultural excursions while in Greece. He has previously led programs abroad to Spain and Morocco focused on global leadership. Feel free to contact Tommy with any questions at [email protected].

Excursions

Excursions will allow students to learn more about Greek culture and tradition, and will expand on the program coursework. Excursions will take place in Thessaloniki and throughout Greece. Excursions may include: industry visits, city tours, a Greek cooking class, a Greek dance lesson, and visits to local cultural and archaeological sites, including a monastery.

More Information

Contact Shelly Fisher from the CFANS Office of International Programs at [email protected] with your questions. 

Nicholas Seitzer participated in the 2022 program. He is happy to speak to students who are interested in hearing about the program from a student perspective. 

Program Fee

Program Fee Forthcoming

Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program-related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fee ranges from $6,500-$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.

If a student is required to isolate during the program dates, due to Covid-19, there may be an additional cost for the isolation period. Additional housing costs might also be covered by the onsite partner's insurance plan. In some cases, with agreement by students and prior approval from the university, roommates, apartment-mates or students who are in close contact with each other and who both test positive, may share a room in quarantine housing, in accordance with local regulations. This information is subject to change and will be updated accordingly.

If you are registered for less than 13-credits or if you are a non-UofM student or a UofM graduate student, you will be charged tuition for this course in addition to the program fee.  Notify the Learning Abroad Center if this applies to you.

Billing & Payments

The application fee, deposit, and program fee are charged to the student's UMN account. 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

The College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences offers grants for study abroad programs; learn more here. Students can learn about financial aid and scholarships through the Learning Abroad Center here.

Cancellation Policy

All applicants are charged a $50 non-refundable application fee by the Learning Abroad Center. Students who confirm their participation in the program will have charged to their student account a $750 non-refundable deposit. Confirmed students who cancel their application before February 15  are responsible for the non-refundable deposit. Confirmed students who cancel their application on February 15 or later are responsible for the non-refundable deposit and any non-recoverable fees. 

In the event that the CFANS Office of International Programs (OIP) is forced to cancel this entire program, meaning both the on-campus portion and abroad portion, accepted and confirmed students will receive a full refund of their application fee and deposit. In the event that students have started the on-campus portion of the program, but international conditions do not allow students to travel, as per University of Minnesota policy, students will be provided with the ability to complete the course and recoverable fees will be returned to students. 

Students have the option to appeal the CFANS OIP cancellation policy when canceling from a program for extenuating circumstances. Please refer to the Learning Abroad Center's refund appeal process for details and the form to submit. The review and decision will be made by CFANS OIP, not the LAC refund appeal committee. 

In the near future COVID vaccine requirements may be instituted by specific countries and/or airlines without advance notice. Vaccination gives you the best chance for participation in a program and will keep open the most travel options. 

The inability to participate in a program because of local, national, or airline restrictions if you are not vaccinated but are eligible to be vaccinated will not be considered a valid reason for a refund.

May 2022

Greek Agriculture & Gastronomy: A Taste of the Mediterranean

May Session 2022 (Spring on campus course)

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $750
Tuition and educational costs $2,160
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsStudents will stay in dorms at Perrotis College campus. Students will be provided with all breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners while on the prog $1,080
Transportation (if required and included in program fee)Program fee includes round-trip airfare from MSP to Greece and in-country transportation related to program activities. $1,520
Total Program Fee $5,560
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $5,560

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $0
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations*COVID-19 testing in Greece, required to return to the US. $65
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $215
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $0
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeStudents are responsible for purchasing 10 lunches and 10 dinners on their own. $280
Essential daily living expenses $145
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $425

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $6,200
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $100
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Prepare

Complete pre-application advising.

Due to COVID-19, current US passport processing times are significantly delayed. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now, and pay for expedited processing.

Apply

The COVID-19 vaccine and booster are required by the host country and/or on-site partners and facilities for most study abroad programs. Complete your COVID-19 vaccine doses immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

Apply Now

Complete

When you submit your online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

  • First Step session
  • University of Minnesota Student Release and Waiver Form

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.

Next Steps

  1. You will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
  2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit the Student Release and Waiver Form.
  3. Your application is not considered complete until the form has been received and you have completed the First Step module. Your completed application will be forwarded to the program leader in the sponsoring college/department for review.
  4. The program leader will notify the Learning Abroad Center of acceptance decisions. If accepted, you will be notified via email and assigned a confirmation checklist, which includes:
    • Health Information Form
    • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
    • Online Health & Safety Orientation
  5. Login to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
  6. Once you submit all items, your participation will be confirmed and your student account will be billed for the program deposit.
  7. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your program leader of your cancellation.